Joseph Beuys
Untitled (Vitrine) 1983

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Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Untitled (Vitrine)
Ohne Titel (Vitrine)
Date 1983
Medium Wood, glass, steel, copper, iron and felt
Dimensions Object: 2060 x 2200 x 500 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Not on display

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These objects reflect Beuys’s concern with the generation and storage of energy. Many include iron, which Beuys associated with slowness and the gradual accumulation of energy; copper, which he associated with lightning conductivity and speed; or felt, which insulates and absorbs. On the left are two pieces of felt with a razor blade attached, and Samurai Sword, a knife sheathed in felt. On the right are a piece of tram rail, relating to Beuys’s childhood memories of the tram stop near his home; Magnetic Rubbish, a razor blade held upright on a magnetised plate; and a battery.

May 2008

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